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Barriers to Participation in Kindergarten Literacy Instruction for a Student with Augmentative and Alternative Communication Needs (summary)

Barriers
to
Participation
in
Kindergarten
Literacy

Background
Many individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) have been found to have difficulties in developing reading and writing skills. This can lead to difficulty in effectively participating in mainstream education activities.

Barriers to Participation in Kindergarten Literacy Instruction for a Student with Augmentative and Alternative Communication Needs (short summary)

Barriers
to
Participation
in
Kindergarten
Literacy

The author studied a single seven year old child with severe speech and mild cognitive impairment and challenging behaviours, who attended a mainstream kindergarten setting on a part-time basis. Barriers to the development of his early literacy skills were identified and divided into access and opportunity barriers. Access barriers refer to those related to the AAC users own needs, skills and abilities, opportunity barriers are imposed by others policy, practice, attitude, knowledge and skill.

Teaching 1:1 workers to support young children with CCN (summary)

Teaching
staff
 
to
support
young children
with
communication
needs

Background In school and preschool settings 1:1 support workers (paraeducators) are important and frequent communication partners for young children who have complex communication needs. There has been little research into impact of training on the way these support workers communicate with the children during play.

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Teaching 1:1 workers to support young children with CCN (short summary)

Methods
 
to
support
young children
with
complex
communication
needs

The authors gave 2 hours of individual training to a small number of one to one support workers who each worked with a preschool child with complex communication needs.

They found that in each case the number of communication opportunities offered to the children in play sessions and the number of communication turns taken by the children increased.


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Funding a communication aid for my son

funding
 
a
communication aid

My son has had the use of a shared communication aid whilst he has been attending school. Neither the school nor the speech therapy department have the funds to pay for individual machines.

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